Phil Mulkey

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Phil Mulkey
Phil Mulkey and Vasili Kuznetsov 1960.jpg
Mulkey (left) and Kuznetsov at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1933-01-07) January 7, 1933 (age 86)
Monett, Missouri, U.S.
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubMemphis State College
University of Wyoming
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)120 yH – 14.4 (1962)
HJ – 1.99 m (1962)
PV – 4.52 m (1962)
LJ – 7.43 m (1960)
TJ – 14.57 m (1962)
SP – 16.66 m (1961)
DT – 48.69 m (1964)
JT – 67.44 m (1961)
Decathlon – 8049 (1961)

Philip Roy "Phil" Mulkey (born January 7, 1933) is an American track and field athlete, primarily known for the multi-event decathlon. Mulkey was the second place American behind Rafer Johnson at the 1960 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which served as Olympic Trials.[1] He failed to finish the 1960 Olympic competition, dropping out after the discus throw.[2] Mulkey had been a competitor at the 1952 Olympic Trials finishing 17th as a high schooler from Purdy, Missouri and the 1956 Olympic Trials finishing 7th representing the University of Wyoming.[3]

Mulkey placed second at the 1959 Pan American Games behind Dave Edstrom. In 1961 he surpassed Vasili Kuznetsov's world record by scoring 8,727 points at the Southeastern AAU (the equivalent of USATF in the day) meet in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee, but the record was never ratified by the IAAF because the field was not approved.[2]

Mulkey competed for Memphis State College and then the University of Wyoming. He never quit the sport, moving from the open division into the early days of masters athletics. He competed at many Masters Athletics World Championships and set several world records as he progressed through the age groups.[4] His M60 American Record was decertified as the American record after World Masters Athletics changed the implement specifications, but it remains the best mark. He coached his then girlfriend Philipa Raschker (Phil and Phil), one of the most successful Masters athletes ever.[5] Both Phils each were named the 1993 and 1994 USATF Combined Athletes of the year.[6]

Now residing in Birmingham, Alabama, Mulkey has spent many years coaching at The Altamont School, with numerous state titles to his team's credits. Now the hurdle coach at Vestavia Hills High School.


  1. ^ Hymans, R. (2008) The History of the United States Olympic Trials – Track & Field. USA Track & Field.
  2. ^ a b Phil Mulkey.
  3. ^ History Of The U. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2016-07-29.
  4. ^ Decathlon - ALL-TIME World Rankings. Masters Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-07-29.
  5. ^ Tierney, Mike (January 5, 2011) Running, Jumping and Hardly Aging on the Track. New York Times
  6. ^ USA Track & Field - Annual Awards - Combined Eventer Awards. Retrieved on 2016-07-29.